History and Social Exploration

Ref: C2527589

In this ten week course we will explore a selected series of “History Mysteries” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments. However they are all examined within a wider context or used to draw out some other theme which is inherent within the narrative. The themes will be selected from: The Gypsy, the Virgin and the Squire’s Daughter; The Black Hole of Calcutta; “...the cunningest Robbers in the World”; The Marie Celeste; The Mayerling Business; The Lost Lighthouse Keepers of Flannan; The Sinking of the Lusitania; The Mystery of the Disappearing Novelist; The Case of Saccho and Vanzetti; Worms, dragons and assorted virgins; I shot an arrow into the air - the death of William Rufus; The coldest march - the race to the South Pole; The battle of Flodden etc.

Course aim

In this ten week course we will explore a selected series of “History Mysteries” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. An understanding of the historical events covered
  • 2. A wider familiarity with the broader context and the general issues which are raised
  • 3. An appreciation of the methodological complexities involved in historical analysis
  • 4. An ability to transfer the knowledge gained to other historical subjects

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No. Just bring yourself. A good sense of humour is essential ! The main method used will be segmented powerpoint presentations but as always the sessions are intended to be interactive. By agreement there may be some change in the schedule and topics.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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History and Social Exploration

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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